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Best Overall: Patagonia Powder Bowl Pant at Backcountry
"Boasts an equal measure of form, fit, style, and function."
Best Value: Columbia Snow Rival II Pants at Amazon
"Flattering fit that rides like a pair of baggy pants — without the bulk."
Best Three-in-One: 686 Gore-Tex Smarty Cargo Pant at Backcountry
"Delivers the versatility you'd want with all the function you need."
Best for Women: Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Pant at Backcountry
"Integrates a brushed insulated liner that feels like a cozy flannel."
Best Alternative: Obermeyer Petra Pant at Amazon
"Delivers a casual, jeans-inspired aesthetic."
Best for All-Mountain: Dakine Vaport Gore-Tex 2L Pant at Amazon
"Breathes like a marathon runner while safeguarding you from harsher climates."
"Its fabric replicates the movements of a snowboarder for an impeccable fit."
Best Insulated: The North Face Freedom Pant at Amazon
"Can fend off the coldest climates thanks to 60 grams of synthetic insulation."
Best Style: Burton Analog Thatcher Pants at Amazon
"Inspired by slim-fitting streetwear designs and won't restrict any movement."
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Best Overall: Patagonia Powder Bowl Pant
With an equal measure of form, fit, style, and function, the Powder Bowl from Patagonia will perform admirably in all conditions. You get waterproof/breathable protection from the recycled polyester Gore-Tex fabric that will shrug off the wettest snow, while also armoring you against harsh winds. Inside, a slick mesh lining wicks away sweat and keeps you surprisingly warm given that it’s a shell without a lot of integrated insulation. But if things start to heat up, you can let the cold air in by unzipping twin mesh-lined vents lining the upper thighs. Optimal fit is guaranteed thanks to adjustable Velcro straps lining the waist, along with belt loops, a two-snap closure, a zippered fly, and a brushed tricot lining at the waist. Pair it with one of Patagonia’s snowboard jackets, and its powder skirt attaches to the pants via a webbing loop on the rear yoke. There are pockets aplenty, including two zippered hand-warmers, one pocket on the back, and another drop pocket on the right thigh. Articulated knees make the slim-fitting snowboard pants perform in high-octane conditions, while the gaiters seal out snow. As always with Patagonia, the fabric is bluesign-certified and the sewing is fair trade-certified. It even has a concealed RECCO reflector, a device to help rescuers locate you in the event of an avalanche.
Best Value: Columbia Snow Rival II Pants
The flattering Snow Rival II rides like a pair of baggy pants (without the bulk) thanks to the comfort-stretch fabric, which is made of Columbia’s bomber Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable membrane. It also boasts Omni-Heat thermal reflective insulation — small silver dots that bounce your body’s heat back to you, while allowing the snowboard pants to breathe and prevent overheating. Leg vents let you dump excess heat when needed, and adjustable waist and belt loops let you dial the perfect fit. Bottom leg zips make integrating the gaiter with your snowboarding boot easy, and an abrasion-resistant boot guard will help the Snow Rival IIs last for several seasons. A zippered thigh pocket on the right leg also pairs with two hand-warmer pockets to keep things organized.
Best Three-in-One: 686 Gore-Tex Smarty Cargo Pant
Variable snow conditions — freezing temps one day, clear skies the next — lend themselves to apparel that can change with the weather. And the 686 Gore-Tex Smarty Cargo pants deliver the versatility you'd want with all the function you need. It includes a removable poly fleece pants liner that can be worn under the two-layer, waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex nylon shell when temps plummet. Then, when things heat up, relegate the inner layer to après duties and keep charging. The boot gusset snaps close, with a gaiter that’s BOA lace compatible (or, attaches to your boot via a lace hook) with an anti-abrasion-coated inner kick panel to avoid tears. Mesh-lined zippered vents at the inner thigh make it easy to dump heat, and the snowboard pants pack in a lot of other nice features like a belt loop stash pocket, an eyelet to attach a lift ticket, a connection system for 686 snowboard jackets, and pockets at the rear, front, and thighs.
Best for Women: Arc’teryx Sentinel AR Pant
In addition to designing the Sentinel AR pant to align with the anatomical curves of women snowboarders, Arc’teryx integrates a brushed insulated liner that feels like a cozy flannel. Waterproof/breathable protection comes from the N70p Gore-Tex three-layer softshell fabric, which also blocks out gusts. Designed with freestyle riders in mind, the snowboard pants also boast double-sided zips that open wide for rapid ventilation for exploring off-piste. Seal out the elements between the boot and pant with its 100D Cordura PowderCuffs, which slip right under snowboard high backs. Even more, the pants integrate Arc’teryx’s Slide’nLoc attachments to link up with compatible jackets. Instep patches avoid abrasions and tears, while belt loops and an adjustable integrated buckle provide an optimal fit. And while these snowboard pants don’t come with handwarmer pockets, waterproof zippers line the top of each thigh pocket, and one includes a clip to make it easy to find your keys.
Best Alternative: Obermeyer Petra Pant
Though stylish, wearing denim on the slopes not only introduces unwanted friction points between your leg and your snowboard boot, but it also means they’ll get wet easily and take forever to dry — transforming the perfect day on the slopes into shivering misery. Obermeyer’s Petra for women snowboarders hurdles these hardships while still delivering a casual, jeans-inspired aesthetic. The medium-rise snowboard pants employ a polyester plain weave construction that provides four-way stretch and 60 grams of hydrophobic insulation to keep you warm and moving unencumbered. The exterior fabrics use Obermeyer’s proprietary HydroBlock Sport treatment with a superior DWR polymer coating to block the wind and water. All seams are also sealed for bomber protection, along with reinforced scuff guards and seat that helps the pant last several seasons. True to its aesthetic, the pocket configuration mirrors your traditional pair of jeans, including a zippered back pocket. But the waistband is fleece-lined for added comfort, and the cuffs come with gripper elastic to keep them positioned over the boots. But if you tend to run hot, know that these insulated pants don’t come with venting zips.
Best for All-Mountain: Dakine Vaport Gore-Tex 2L Pant
If your ideal day on the mountain includes ripping through powder in the back bowls, diving into glades, and trekking into the backcountry, you'll want a pair of snowboard pants that can adjust to any condition. Thanks to its two-layer Gore-Tex fabric, the Vapor pants from Dakine breathes like a marathon runner while safeguarding you from harsher climates — protection that’s reinforced with fully taped seams. This true shell has a tailored fit that allows freedom of movement, whether you're linking turns or hiking in the backcountry, with a quick-dry lining and massive zip vents to regulate your internal temp on the fly. Twin snaps and belt loops keep the pants in place, and you also get a roomy zippered cargo pocket in addition to zippered hand-warmers. Built-in boot gaiters seal out snow, and leg zips make it easy to configure the boots under the cuffs.
Best Bib: Houdini RollerCoaster Pant
Unlike traditional pants, bibs provide additional warmth and protection from the elements by rising the upper hem mid-way up your chest so snow can’t creep in under the jacket and down the hemline. Enter Houdini's RollerCoaster: a re-invention of the bib that drapes the garment from a single piece of fabric to replicate the movements of a snowboarder, cutting the fabrics to fit impeccably. A mix of 70 percent recycled polyester and 30 percent poly face fabric, the snowboard bib is both breathable and waterproof, with mechanical two-way stretch and high-density fibers to increase durability. Touches of Scholler reinforcements in the leg cuffs will weather the impacts of board edges and boot scuffs, while three-quarter-length vent zips at the back of the legs open to cool things down in an instant. Rather than over-engineering the bib with unnecessary pockets, Houdini kept things simple with two zippered pockets at the thigh and inner zippered pockets for your valuables. The bibs ride on two adjustable shoulder straps that cross at the back to assure a snug, comfortable fit during any and all activities your day may bring.
Best Insulated: The North Face Freedom Pant
The North Face Freedom pants fend off the coldest climates thanks to 60 grams of the brand’s Heatseeker synthetic insulation throughout the garment that's optimal for cold, long lift rides. Then, if things heat up, you can rapidly cool down thanks to a “chimney” venting system on the inner thighs, which funnels hot air from the lower cuffs and away from your body. The brand’s DryVent two-layer fabric construction provides much-needed waterproof/breathable protection, with grippy elastic at the gaiters to seal out the snow. Belt loops and adjustable tabs at the waist provide a personalized fit, with a long center zip and a single-snap closure. They fit loose enough to accommodate base layers without an over-baggy aesthetic. Additionally, the snowboard pants include two zippered hand pockets and a large Velcro-flap cargo pocket on the right thigh.
Best Style: Burton Analog Thatcher Pants
Eschewing Burton's usual baggy aesthetic, the cut of the Analog Thatcher pants were inspired by slim-fitting streetwear designs. But unlike those ill-advised skinny jeans, these snowboard pants won't restrict any movement. The waterproof/breathable two-layer shell is mapped with nylon taffeta that wicks sweat and breathes easily, delivering a crisp, woven feel against the skin. Poly mesh and mesh venting further enhances the comfortable, performance-centric fit, along with microfleece-lined fly and waistband. Fit is secure thanks to an adjustable drawcord hem that ties in front, along with belt loops for added support, while a stretchy boot gaiter blocks snow from sneaking in at the cuffs, which are Cordura-reinforced to avoid scuffs and tears. Despite its svelte profile, Burton integrated a host of useful pockets, including a zippered thigh and back pocket, hook-and-loop closure rear pockets, and microfleece-lined front pockets with zips.